November 2017 Print

Guess Who's Back! ...MISGMP

After taking a few months off for what I will label "an extended Board transition," I am happy to report that we are back into the swing of things. 

As your Communications Director, I am committed to bringing you the most relevant and up-to-date organization and industry news every month. 

MISGMP offers its members access to a network of professionals that are committed to our industry and blessed with knowledge and expertise in their fields.

I hope that you are taking advantage of all the benefits of your membership. If you have any questions or would like more information on getting involved, please let us know.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

Karalee McKinstry, Director


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Welcome New Members!

Our membership has gone from 139 to 141 with the addition of three new members for the month of October.  Please help the Membership Committee in welcoming our new members.

  •          Katie DeWeerd – Shoreline Inn & Conference Center, Muskegon
  •          Gregory Taft – McCamly Plaza Hotel, Battle Creek
  •          Mike Rice – Hotel Contracting Services, Grand Blanc

Remember, MiSGMP has implemented the new Membership Recruitment Incentive Program.  This program will run December through August, and officially starts on December 13, 2017, in conjunction with our monthly meeting.  If you have someone in mind who you feel would benefit from MiSGMP, have them register as a guest to our December meeting.

Nationals also has two additional membership campaigns for which you can participate in; (1) The Superheroes Circle which recognizes individual members who refer new members to SGMP, and (2) SGMP: My Professional Home which recognizes the Chapter as a whole for all new members they refer to SGMP.

So start recruiting today. 

And keep in mind the 5 reasons to join as a Supplier or Planner are:





Ideal networking between Meeting Professionals, Hotels, and Convention & Visitor Bureaus


Ideal networking between Meeting Professionals, Hotels, and Convention & Visitor Bureaus



Monthly, low-cost education sessions


Monthly, low-cost education sessions



Certification opportunities for career growth and development

Certification opportunities for career growth and development


Updates on the Government Segment to keep us well informed

Professional Development and Performance Management Objectives are met


Access to Request for Proposals (RFPs) before non-members

Access to Convention Visitor Bureaus for Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Thank you to everyone for your membership commitments.  If you have ideas you’d like to share on membership, please feel free to contact one of your Membership Committee members.

  •          Tammy Novak, Board Liaison
  •          Amanda Peppo, Chair
  •          Anissa Damon, Member
  •          Jocelyn Davis, Member
  •          Duke Rosendahl, Member
  •          Shelley Long, Member

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Upcoming Events

Words that Don’t Work

December 13, 2017
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
55 South Harrison Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Words that Don’t Work

December 20, 2017

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, 219 S Harrison Rd

East Lansing, MI 48824

11:30am – Registration and Networking

12:00pm to 1:00pm – Please join us for a networking lunch

1:00pm to 2:00pm – Presentation/Education Session

Presenter:  Donna Oser, Director, Leadership Development & Executive Search Services Michigan Association of School Boards

This session will cover the commitment part of meetings and events.  It starts with a contract and understanding the needs of both the supplier and planner.  To hold a meeting or event takes more than just blocking space and holding guestrooms.  Both parties need to have a conversation regarding accountability.  Understand what an RFP is and when to send and sign a contract, lean how hospitality salespeople negotiate with meeting planners, understand how it is important to be flexible when asking for Government Per Diem.

Core Competency: Financial and Contract Management


A special message from the MiSGMP Community Service Commitee:

October 2017 – December 2017: Please bring KITCHEN SUPPLIES

 The House of Promise: A SAFE PLACE TO HEAL

The House of Promise is a 501c3 nonprofit origination that provides survivors of sex abuse and sex trafficking unconditional love, acceptance, and a place to heal. Our goal is to disrupt the destructive patterns of slavery through education and care for the survivors. We do this through training, counseling, and helping the young girls/women relearn basic skills, so that they can rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society.

Human trafficking is a major issue in the world, with not enough being done to fight it or help its victims. With statistics at 1 in 3 women being sexually abused in their lifetime, the work that we do is incredibly important. 

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Government Meeting Specialist (GMS)

The Government Meeting Specialist is a voluntary certificate program for both planners and suppliers who are seeking the knowledge needed to effectively carry out the functions of a meeting professional.  Participants must be a member of  SGMP. This program is designed to enhance the skills of those who are industry veterans as well as those who are just beginning their career. 

If you are interested in more information on earning your GMS please contact:

Debra Kopkau, MBA, CAE, CMP
MI Inst. for Educational Mgmt. (MIEM)
1001 Centennial Way, Ste. 300
Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: (517) 327-2587
Fax: (517) 327-0768

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